Three held with banned drug tablets worth Rs 1.5 crore

Ahmedabad: The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested three persons for allegedly running a racket of exporting banned drugs and seized various psychotropic substances worth Rs 1.5 crore from them.

“Based on a specific tip off, the Ahmedabad Zonal NCB officials nabbed Mohammad Arif and Mohammad Zafar when they came to collect some parcels of medicines, containing opium, from a courier company in Bharuch yesterday,” said Ahmedabad NCB’s Zonal Director Hari Om Gandhi.

“When we checked these parcels sent from New Delhi, we found large number of tablets and capsules containing opium.

Meanwhile, the third accused Mohammad Umar was held by our team from Surat,” he added.

Upon searching Arif’s residential premises, the officials found some more opium tablets concealed in tobacco packets and 480 capsules of Spasmoproxyvan, a schedule H drug, said Gandhi.

“In total, we have recovered 27,000 tablets and capsules worth more than Rs 1.5 crore in the international market. We have arrested the trio for the violation of NDPS Act,” he said.

The primary interrogation has revealed that the trio was allegedly running a racket of sending these drugs to the US, Canada and Europe through the parcel service of postal department.

“To mislead authorities, they used to write ‘food packet’ on the parcels. To save themselves from getting caught, they used to write wrong address of recipient as well as the sender,” said Gandhi.